Gift: Piety (Reverence) – With the gift of reverence, sometimes called piety, we have a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love.
Reading: These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. (Mark 16:17)
Observation: It has been a whole day since I first read the readings this morning. I let the world get in and distract me from what God was telling me this morning, and for that I am sorry. However, without the distraction, I don’t believe I would have ever come to the conclusion that I have about my faith today. There is no circumstance that can take Jesus out of my heart, and I must act in a way that is respectful of that gift and not let any sin or even any sinful attitude control my mind.
Personification: Self-Control Once again, I realize that self-control is not about my self, it is about Jesus. How can Jesus be a part of me, if I am involved in sin? I realize that I will not always be perfect, but if Jesus is in us, nothing can stop us from walking away from whatever evil stands before us. If that evil persists in attacking me even after I have gone to Confession for that sin, I will cast it away by simply saying that I belong to Jesus.
Prayer: Lord, I know that it is not about playing mind games with myself to stay away from sin, it is about realizing that you are with me and you are more powerful than any evil. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.